Government of Canada supports water distribution system in Burk's Falls



    BURK'S FALLS, ON, July 3 /CNW/ - The Honourable Tony Clement, Member of
Parliament for Parry Sound-Muskoka and Minister responsible for infrastructure
programming in Ontario, today announced the Government of Canada will consider
the improvements to the water distribution system in the Village of Burk's
Falls as a priority for up to $275,880 in federal infrastructure funding.
    The federal contribution would be up to one-third of total eligible
costs, which are estimated at $827,641.
    "Maintaining a healthy and clean environment is directly related to the
health and prosperity of communities and their residents, and is a priority
for our Government," said Minister Clement. "We are delivering on our
commitment to help build strong, sustainable communities which offer a high
quality of life for residents."
    "Thanks to the federal government, we will be able to proceed with these
necessary system upgrades," said Cathy Still, Reeve of the Village of Burk's
Falls. "These improvements will provide better water services, increase
firefighting capabilities and enhance resident's safety."
    The project involves installing a new water line from the municipal well
to the standpipe, constructing a building to house a new booster pump to
increase pressure to all fire hydrants in the village, and replacing older
lines to handle increased water pressure. The upgrades will provide residents
and businesses with a more stable water supply.
    Funding for this project comes from the $200 million, announced in March
2007, to top up the Municipal Rural Infrastructure Fund (MRIF) nationwide. The
Government of Canada is directing $64 million in funding to existing clean
water applications under the MRIF in Ontario.
    Federal financial support for the project is conditional on the
initiative meeting all applicable eligibility requirements and other program
criteria, a federal review of the project, the successful completion of an
environmental assessment, assurance by the municipality that the remaining
project costs have been fully financed and accounted for, and the signing of a
contribution agreement for the project detailing the project elements and any
other federal requirements.

    For more information, visit www.infrastructure.gc.ca





For further information:

For further information: Laryssa Waler, Press Secretary, Office of the
Honourable Tony Clement, (613) 957-0200

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